Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I don´t have much time to blog and this is the first chance I´ve had with internet access, but I did want to quickly post to say I am having the experience of a lifetime. I can´t possibly say right now what my mind has running through it since I have yet to even begin to process it all. But, I promise to try when I return.

Until then, goodnight from Panajachel Guatemala.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Last Post Before Guatemala

I have pictures still to post from a playdate with Savannah and her mommy and daddy outlet shopping and then at Sea World with them plus Breahana, Cooper and their mommy from last week. But, I'm tired and so the pics will have to wait.

I did want to post before I leave for Guatemala to thank everyone that donated for supplies. I was able to buy a ton of children's tylenol/ibuprofen, antibiotic ointments, bandaids, larger sleep diapers(these are expensive in Guatemala) and some other misc. supplies. I was also shipped a large box with more meds and vitamins and another with shoes that were collected by someone else. AWESOME!! I have my two-bag allotment filled with supplies (my stuff is packed in my carry-on).

So, again, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK you!!!!

I fly to Atlanta tomorrow evening and then we all leave for Guatemala Saturday morning. We return the following Saturday and I will fly home Sunday morning. 9 nights away - yikes!!!! I put Gabriella to bed tonight and as I was leaving her room she said to me "Mommy, don't get on the plane". Gulp. This is going to be hard. It's so hard to know how much they really understand at this age. I just hope she does understand all the times I've told her I will come back and see her soon. I will miss her and Ferdy like crazy.

I will likely not be posting from Guatemala, so stay tuned for a trip report and hopefully lots of pictures.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

How to Give a Cat a Bath

This is the 2nd time this week this has happened. The first time I didn't get any pictures(but Ferdy did get video) because I was too busy crying from laughing so hard.

So, without further ado, here is how to give a cat a bath:

Step 1 - Find a willing, not so bright cat that likes to get into the bathtub after your bath.

Step 2 - Wet thoroughly.

Step 3 - Coax him back in after he jumps out.

Step 4 - Pause to say cheese.

Step 5 - Scrub him well with a washcloth.

Step 6 - Make sure to clean the face well.

Step 7 - Wash behind the ears.

Step 8 - Rinse well.

All done.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Splish Splash

We went to visit some friends yesterday in Mt. Dora. Their neighborhood has a splash pad in it and Gabriella had an absolutely fabulous time. She was literally squealing with delight the entire time.

These pictures put a huge smile on my face just seeing the pure joy of a child. Is there anything better????

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy 3rd Birthday Gabriella!!!!!!!!!

Wow, it's hard to believe that our Princesa is three years old today! I definitely feel in some ways it seems like just yesterday we saw her sweet face for the first time in pictures and in other ways, it seems like a lifetime ago!

She had an absolute blast celebrating her birthday with all of her friends at Monkey Joe's today.

She opened some presents at home first....

With all the craziness and kids everywhere, it was hard to get good pictures at the party and with all the jumping around, many were blurry. But,here are a few.

Her amazing cake. The office manager at our church made this for her. I told her to surprise me with something girly and I finally got to pick it up last night. It was gorgeous!! All of those flowers and letters are made by hand.